Capt. James Kirk Takes Command of New USS Zumwalt for Sea Trials

Capt. James Kirk Takes Command of New USS Zumwalt for Sea Trials

The first-of-its-kind stealth guided missile destroyer USS Zumwalt finally heads to sea with a familiar name in command for its test run.

The USS Zumwalt, a $4.3 billion state-of-the-art stealth destroyer, has put to sea for trials from Bath Iron Works in Maine. The futuristic ship ironically is commanded by Captain James Kirk.

Measuring 610 feet long, and weighting more than 15,000 tons, the ship looks a bit odd with its sloping hull and a deck that looks more like a star destroyer from Star Wars than a U.S. Navy vessel. The look though is designed to give the ship a more compact look, making it appear as a fishing vessel on radar.

Some notes about the Zumwalt:

  • The ship holds 58MW of reserve power, capable of powering 580,000 gaming consoles or the largest amusement park in the world.
  • The computer system has more than 6 million lines of code, or the equivalent of 108,000 printed pages.
  • The ship has enhanced automation, requiring only 158 sailors, or 1/10 of the men need for a World War II Cleveland-class cruiser.
  • The ship has an electric propulsion system, is equipped to handle an electromagnetic railgun and a drone-targeting laser system, and can also carry two MH60R helicopters.

"We are absolutely fired up to see Zumwalt get underway," Capt. Kirk said before the ship departed. "For the crew and all those involved in designing, building, and readying this fantastic ship, this is a huge milestone."

The shakedown cruise will determine the seaworthiness of the new vessel and just how soon the ship will be able to join the fleet. The new "tumblehome" hull, as well as the abundance of new electronics and weapons systems, offers some risk, but the Navy is confident in the new ship. Two more Zumwalt class destroyers are scheduled to be built, down from the original 32 that were planned.

Sources: CNN, Tampa Bay Times, Raytheon

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that poor bastard. the constant jokes must drive him mad.

Too bad the ship looks butt-ugly imho. Not at all as handsome as OUR one.

Although that one is just a corvette. Not a destroyer.

a shakedown cruise to determine the effectiveness of a new stealth ship? I hope the last name of his X.O. is Shepard.

And now we get to watch all that money literally sail away. But now we're super ultra safe from enemy fishing boats with machine guns :\

I'm all for high-tech new toys, but this one doesn't look very cool... the old WW2 ones looked way more badass.

Officer Training School must have absolutely blown chunks for that man; but kudos to him - I can't imagine the U.S. Navy (or indeed any 1st World Navy) hands a brand spanking new ship to a greenhorn so his record must be good.

Primero Holodon:
a shakedown cruise to determine the effectiveness of a new stealth ship? I hope the last name of his X.O. is Shepard.

That would only make sense if the USS Zumwalt were a frigate, kinda does a disservice to Captain Kirk too, as the NCC-1701 Enterprise was classed as a heavy cruiser.

Still, neat ship.

KyuubiNoKitsune-Hime:
That would only make sense if the USS Zumwalt were a frigate, kinda does a disservice to Captain Kirk too, as the NCC-1701 Enterprise was classed as a heavy cruiser.

Classifications of ships are a bit iffy, though. Sometimes they even keep the same ship, but change it's classification.

KyuubiNoKitsune-Hime:
Still, neat ship.

Dunno, heard some bad things about it, too much new stuff all at once. The fact that they've cut it down from 32 to maybe 3 isn't great either.

It has a railgun?

...is there any footage of that being test fired?

webkilla:
It has a railgun?

...is there any footage of that being test fired?

It is capable of having one. I think it could be added in 2016.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B127s-j6to8

Start at 0:23

That looks like something the Empire would build in Star Wars.

webkilla:
It has a railgun?

...is there any footage of that being test fired?

My favorite railgun video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Yd96Yniyp0

Last I heard they needed a ship with more sustained power output to mount it (like nuclear) - but I guess they've overcome some of those limitations. Railguns and lasers - should be interesting in 20 years. It's funny, considering railguns, we've been launching projectiles in practically the same way since the days of cannonballs, so this is a big change.

crimson5pheonix:
But now we're super ultra safe from enemy fishing boats with machine guns :\

I don't get the joke - are you implying it doesn't have much weaponry to it?

thaluikhain:

KyuubiNoKitsune-Hime:
That would only make sense if the USS Zumwalt were a frigate, kinda does a disservice to Captain Kirk too, as the NCC-1701 Enterprise was classed as a heavy cruiser.

Classifications of ships are a bit iffy, though. Sometimes they even keep the same ship, but change it's classification.

KyuubiNoKitsune-Hime:
Still, neat ship.

Dunno, heard some bad things about it, too much new stuff all at once. The fact that they've cut it down from 32 to maybe 3 isn't great either.

Well the ship is actually cruiser size. Its dodge that many navies use is call something a smaller class of ship to get through the budget. The big reason why it's been cut to 3 is because the threat has changed and there is a need is for more less capable destroyers. The current plan is to build more of the Arleigh Burke class in the medium term and follow on class with many of the developments of Zumwalt class but not the high stealth hull.

SmugFrog:

crimson5pheonix:
But now we're super ultra safe from enemy fishing boats with machine guns :\

I don't get the joke - are you implying it doesn't have much weaponry to it?

I'm implying that the only people with a navy to justify this 4+ billion dollar boat are our allies. The only nations and organization that actively hate us don't have much more than fishing boats with machine guns.

crimson5pheonix:

SmugFrog:

crimson5pheonix:
But now we're super ultra safe from enemy fishing boats with machine guns :\

I don't get the joke - are you implying it doesn't have much weaponry to it?

I'm implying that the only people with a navy to justify this 4+ billion dollar boat are our allies. The only nations and organization that actively hate us don't have much more than fishing boats with machine guns.

To be fair, Russia has been saber-rattling pretty hard lately, and Canadia is always a threat.

Considering the guys age, he was probably named James as an homage to Star Trek.

Souplex:

crimson5pheonix:

SmugFrog:

I don't get the joke - are you implying it doesn't have much weaponry to it?

I'm implying that the only people with a navy to justify this 4+ billion dollar boat are our allies. The only nations and organization that actively hate us don't have much more than fishing boats with machine guns.

To be fair, Russia has been saber-rattling pretty hard lately, and Canadia is always a threat.

Considering the guys age, he was probably named James as an homage to Star Trek.

Russia might be the only country that might mean anything. Then I look at this.

1 aircraft carrier
22 landing ship tanks
4 cruisers
15 destroyers
4 frigates
78 corvettes
56 submarines
34 Mine countermeasures vessels

10 aircraft carriers
9 amphibious assault ships
10 amphibious transport docks
12 dock landing ships
22 Guided missile cruisers
62 Guided missile destroyers
4 littoral combat ships
71 submarines

Guess who's who?

crimson5pheonix:

Souplex:

crimson5pheonix:

I'm implying that the only people with a navy to justify this 4+ billion dollar boat are our allies. The only nations and organization that actively hate us don't have much more than fishing boats with machine guns.

To be fair, Russia has been saber-rattling pretty hard lately, and Canadia is always a threat.

Considering the guys age, he was probably named James as an homage to Star Trek.

Russia might be the only country that might mean anything. Then I look at this.

1 aircraft carrier
22 landing ship tanks
4 cruisers
15 destroyers
4 frigates
78 corvettes
56 submarines
34 Mine countermeasures vessels

10 aircraft carriers
9 amphibious assault ships
10 amphibious transport docks
12 dock landing ships
22 Guided missile cruisers
62 Guided missile destroyers
4 littoral combat ships
71 submarines

Guess who's who?

*Gasp* they have many more mine countermeasure vessels than us! You're ignoring the real threat: Candian kung-fu bears! (If a bear can learn to dance, it can learn kung-fu)
You're also overlooking NATO. If Russia attacks anyone in NATO, they have to fight all of NATO.

Souplex:

crimson5pheonix:

Souplex:
To be fair, Russia has been saber-rattling pretty hard lately, and Canadia is always a threat.

Considering the guys age, he was probably named James as an homage to Star Trek.

Russia might be the only country that might mean anything. Then I look at this.

1 aircraft carrier
22 landing ship tanks
4 cruisers
15 destroyers
4 frigates
78 corvettes
56 submarines
34 Mine countermeasures vessels

10 aircraft carriers
9 amphibious assault ships
10 amphibious transport docks
12 dock landing ships
22 Guided missile cruisers
62 Guided missile destroyers
4 littoral combat ships
71 submarines

Guess who's who?

*Gasp* they have many more mine countermeasure vessels than us! You're ignoring the real threat: Candian kung-fu bears! (If a bear can learn to dance, it can learn kung-fu)
You're also overlooking NATO. If Russia attacks anyone in NATO, they have to fight all of NATO.

I don't believe a military gunboat is something you bring against kung-fu bears...

That's also a good point. Why do we need this destroyer again?

crimson5pheonix:

Souplex:

crimson5pheonix:

Russia might be the only country that might mean anything. Then I look at this.

1 aircraft carrier
22 landing ship tanks
4 cruisers
15 destroyers
4 frigates
78 corvettes
56 submarines
34 Mine countermeasures vessels

10 aircraft carriers
9 amphibious assault ships
10 amphibious transport docks
12 dock landing ships
22 Guided missile cruisers
62 Guided missile destroyers
4 littoral combat ships
71 submarines

Guess who's who?

*Gasp* they have many more mine countermeasure vessels than us! You're ignoring the real threat: Candian kung-fu bears! (If a bear can learn to dance, it can learn kung-fu)
You're also overlooking NATO. If Russia attacks anyone in NATO, they have to fight all of NATO.

I don't believe a military gunboat is something you bring against kung-fu bears...

That's also a good point. Why do we need this destroyer again?

...Something something military industrial complex?

Souplex:

crimson5pheonix:

Souplex:
*Gasp* they have many more mine countermeasure vessels than us! You're ignoring the real threat: Candian kung-fu bears! (If a bear can learn to dance, it can learn kung-fu)
You're also overlooking NATO. If Russia attacks anyone in NATO, they have to fight all of NATO.

I don't believe a military gunboat is something you bring against kung-fu bears...

That's also a good point. Why do we need this destroyer again?

...Something something military industrial complex?

Watching our money literally sail away >.>

crimson5pheonix:

Souplex:

crimson5pheonix:

I don't believe a military gunboat is something you bring against kung-fu bears...

That's also a good point. Why do we need this destroyer again?

...Something something military industrial complex?

Watching our money literally sail away >.>

I just did some quick and dirty math based on the numbers you provided, and their navy actually has 14 more vessels than us.
Obviously; not all naval vessels are comparable, but you should also consider that a large portion of our navy is tied up doing things like babysitting Japan and Taiwan.

Souplex:

crimson5pheonix:

Souplex:
...Something something military industrial complex?

Watching our money literally sail away >.>

I just did some quick and dirty math based on the numbers you provided, and their navy actually has 14 more vessels than us.
Obviously; not all naval vessels are comparable, but you should also consider that a large portion of our navy is tied up doing things like babysitting Japan and Taiwan.

Oh those are just the big boats. They have 8 more deployable ships but less than a tenth of the aircraft and half of the personnel to back that up.

Souplex:
Canadia is always a threat.

Careful now, you wouldn't want to offend us, we might be forced to write a strongly worded letter.

And then we'd be sorry, you wouldn't like us when we're sorry.

On topic though, interesting ship, I have to ask, who exactly are they hiding from? seems like a waste of money... but then that's what the military is for, isn't it?

Valanthe:

Souplex:
Canadia is always a threat.

Careful now, you wouldn't want to offend us, we might be forced to write a strongly worded letter.

And then we'd be sorry, you wouldn't like us when we're sorry.

I'm on to your game, I know the "America's polite hat" schtick is an act to distract from your kung-fu bears, killbots, and cloned dinosaur cavalry that will come charging southward on C-day.

We could be in space right now.

But nope, we're just gonna sit here and piss away billions on more efficient ways of killing each other.

"The look though is designed to give the ship a more compact look, making it appear as a fishing vessel on radar."

So it's stealthy in the way that it hides as a civilian vessel, which will result in military ships opening fire on fishing vessels as well, in the future, in an attempt to neutralise the new destroyer.

Good job.

crimson5pheonix:

Souplex:

crimson5pheonix:

Russia might be the only country that might mean anything. Then I look at this.

1 aircraft carrier
22 landing ship tanks
4 cruisers
15 destroyers
4 frigates
78 corvettes
56 submarines
34 Mine countermeasures vessels

10 aircraft carriers
9 amphibious assault ships
10 amphibious transport docks
12 dock landing ships
22 Guided missile cruisers
62 Guided missile destroyers
4 littoral combat ships
71 submarines

Guess who's who?

*Gasp* they have many more mine countermeasure vessels than us! You're ignoring the real threat: Candian kung-fu bears! (If a bear can learn to dance, it can learn kung-fu)
You're also overlooking NATO. If Russia attacks anyone in NATO, they have to fight all of NATO.

I don't believe a military gunboat is something you bring against kung-fu bears...

That's also a good point. Why do we need this destroyer again?

oh yeah, because canadian marine is such a threat... we have 4 submarines that are over 30 years old and that have spend more time in dry dock repair than in actual water, 1 destroyer that is over 40 years old, 12 frigates, 12 coastal defence ship, 8 unarmed patrol ship and 320 various unarmed ship (tug boat, training boat, fire boat, etc).

that new amrican ship could sunk all the canadian marine by itself !

but, i have to say that it's very ugly. the sea shadow looked so much cooler...

crimson5pheonix:

That's also a good point. Why do we need this destroyer again?

Something something Chinese rise to power something something Communism!

At least that's what I always hear on the one military website I sometimes frequent, who constantly complain that Obama is gutting our military so "his ISIS buddies can invade".

Which is one reason I'm no longer in the military.

At 15,000 tons, it's closer to a cruiser in tonnage. Perhaps 'destroyer' sounds cheaper than 'cruiser'?

James Kirk? Really? So, when do we get an aircraft carrier headed by Jean-Luc Picard? Maybe we can get Benjamin Sisko to head up the International Space Station?

 

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